Now turn to John 16:33; this is getting repetitious, isn’t it? That is the point. “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” If you listen to a lot of preaching today, you would find that hard to believe. For the last several years, audiences have gathered around spokesmen of a new kind of “gospel.” It is all going to be rosy and cheery, everything is going to get better; and, if you stay in God’s will, you are not going to have  any problems. But piercing through all that rosy glow is Jesus’ last message to His disciples.

 Here He is telling them the devastating news: they are going be left alone; they are going to fail Him; they are even going to forsake Him. He wants them to have peace, and in the same paragraph, He says, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” Will you let me say it to you again? “In the world ye shall have tribulation”: that is never going to change. If you keep looking for magic, you are going to miss Him.

If you follow Jesus, He said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good courage .” Please circle the word and write it in the margin of your Bible again, courage.

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